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Collection Roman Collection
Catalog Number 2015.7.131
Object Name Coin
Description Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR siliqua. Struck during the reign of Flavius Julius Valens Augustus, Emperor of the East, 364-378 C.E. The draped and cuirassed bust of Valens wears a diadem and faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "D N VALENS P F AVG" left and right of image. On reverse, the standing figure of Victoria, the goddess and personification of victory, faces left and holds a wreath in her left hand and a palm in her right with the inscriptions "SECVRITAS REI PVBLICAE" left and right of image and illegible script in the exergum. Obverse and reverse inscriptions faded rendering them difficult to decipher.
Date range: 364-378 C.E.

Remarks: Flavius Valens, the younger brother if Valentinian I, was born at Cibalae in Pannonia about 328 C.E., and was raised to the rank of Augustus on March 28th, 364. Given the government of the Eastern provinces, much of his reign was spent in campaigning against the Goths on the Danube frontier and in countering the Persians menace in the East. In 376 the Visigoths, hard pressed by the Huns, sought permission to cross the Danube and settle on Roman territory. Valens granted this permission, but the Goths were so badly treated by the Romans that they broke into revolt and devastated the countryside of Moesia and Thrace. Valens advanced against the barbarians, but in a great battle fought near Hadrianopolis on August 9th, 378, the Roman army was almost annihilated and the emperor himself was slain. Valens I's coins were minted in Treveri, Lugdunum, Arelate, Milan, Aquileia, Rome, Siscia, Sirmium, Thessolonica, Heraclea, Constantinople, Nicomedia, Cyzicus, Antioch, and Alexandria.

Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" (Vol V, 2014).
(I cannot find a Silver siliqua with SECVRITAS REI PVBLICAE in Sear, pgs 332-336; however, if the coin is silver, it would be in the $50 range. The Bronze centenionalis on pgs 342-347 are lower in price, but fit the description on the coin. My estimate is based off the Bronze centenionalis.)

Previouis Note: David Sear, Roman Coins and their Values (1970), #4012/4018 (note: coin is silver, like 4012 (AR siliqua), but reverse is the same as 4018 (AE 3).
Title Valens
Date 364-378 CE
Material Silver
Dimensions Dia-0.688 inches
Credit line Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas
Subjects Roman Empire
Ancient Rome